Fox News Says #BlackLivesMatter Incites Violence. Critics Said the Same of MLK.
The occasional violence didn’t represent the civil rights movement in the 1960s and doesn’t represent the Black Lives Matter movement today. But just as people latched on to a few bad examples to condemn and raise fears about the civil rights movement decades ago, critics are latching on to a few bad examples to admonish the Black Lives Matter movement today.
The reality is protests, like any gathering of large groups of people, aren’t always going to be perfect. But they can lead to significant change: The civil rights movement of the 1960s led to the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act, and the efforts of Black Lives Matter are leading to police-worn body cameras and other efforts to increase law enforcement accountability.